Skip to main content

Full text of "Verdict On India"

See other formats

" There is the closest similarity between the Congress and the Nazi
associations. Hitler commands the same respect and allegiance
in Germany as Mr. Gandhi in India. He is more than a hero, a
national saviour, or even a God to the Germans. The same is the
"»ase with Mr. Gandhi. He is both a spiritual and political leader
of the Hindus and pretends to speak with divine authority. No-
body can dare to criticize him and yet remain a member of the
Congress. A host of prominent Congress leaders had to leave the
Congress as they had incurred the displeasure of the Mahatma.
Mr. Nariman, Dr. Khare, Mr. Subhas Chander Bose, Mr. Roy,
and Mr. Rajagopalachari, all at one time held positions of
immense influence in the Congress, but their difference of opinioix
with one man alone in, the Congress, Mr. Gandhi, led to their
permanent expulsion,.*
Late in the day—maybe too late—& few of India's best brains
have woken up to the true nature of Congress rule, and the
Fascist menace behind it.
Just as the Nazi movement was joined, in its early days, by
numbers of decent Germans who honestly believed that it might
prove an instrument of national regeneration, so the Congress
movement had the support of a number of decent Indians who
6aw in it the true hope of indepa&dence.. .and more than, in-
dep»'n lence, of unity and social progress.
When the German liberals were disillusioned, they were kicked
out of the party, and—unless they could flee the country—shot.
When the Indian liberals were disillusioned, they also were kicked
out of the party, but owing to the fact that India is still ruled by
British law, they were not shot. Their voices can still be heard.
Let us listen to some of these Indian voices, warning their fellow-
countrymen of the Fascist road along which they are so eager
io race.
One of the most compelling of them is the voice of M. N,   Roy.
All the old political cliches have been used about S,oy—c Stormy
petrel/ ''enfant terrible'' and the like. In his early days, his main
interests lay in Russia. He had a passionate interest in the Com-